Is Lower Back Pain Gender Specific?

Olga Kabel
Utkatasana a pose that stabilize your hips and SI joints to help prevent lower back pain.

My grandmother suffered from lower back pain for many years. She described it as sharp, debilitating pain on one side of her lower spine. The only remedy she could find was a heating pad that she regularly applied to the painful area. She was a very active woman who moved a lot, gardened, carried heavy groceries on foot from the store, and did her own home remodeling. But whenever a bout of back pain hit, she would be immobilized for days. This was a common concern in her circle of friends, and nobody had a good remedy for it.

woman in white sitting in yoga meditation position with candles against neutral wall background

Back Pain: It May Not Be What You Think

A few years ago, I noticed my aunt had a major deformity in her knee. When I asked her about it, she said a long time back, and she’d fallen while putting up Diwali decorations. Since then, the leg started... Read more
female office worker in Ardha Matsyendrasana or Half Lord of the Fishes or Seated Half Spinal Twist

Somatic TFL and Psoas Release

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Group of senior people with closed eyes stretching arms at park. Happy mature people doing yoga

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Yoga student practicing yoga's Knees to Chest pose or Apanasana Pose

4 Yoga Poses for Low Back Health

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3-part yoga practice with ropes to help strengthen and relieve the back in Downward facing dog pose

Yoga for a Healthy Back: Elise Miller Shows How to Lengthen Your Back in Downward Dog Pose

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The benefits of practicing a simple traction technique with yoga strap to ease low back pain

Ease Low Back Pain: A Simple Traction Technique with a Yoga Strap

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How to relieve back pain with Extended Hand to Big Toe yoga pose (Supta Padangusthasana)

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Yoga for Back Pain: Restore Ease in Mind and Body with Supported Bridge Pose

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Yoga students practicing Supine Spinal Twist Pose (Supta Matsyendrasana) for happy and healthy hips

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First, my disclaimer: Anatomy is not my strongest suit, but through training, mentoring, and study, I’ve learned enough of the basics to execute and modify yoga postures to work with my body and those of my... Read more
Group of yoga students practicing supine reclining yoga twist pose.

Too Much Sitting? 7 Must-Do Stretches to Ease Low Back Pain

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